Colleen graduated with a B.A. in studio art, art history, and Spanish studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and earned an M.A. in the history of art from New York University. While in New York, she completed pre-program internships at the Brooklyn Museum, Andrea Pitsch Conservation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Additionally, Colleen participated in a print survey for The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation in New York and spent two years teaching in Toledo, Spain. Colleen completed a graduate summer internship at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C in 2019 and is currently a third year intern in paper conservation at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.